TouchFire screen-top keyboard for iPad gets Kickstarter funding and garners huge interest [video]

The TouchFire is a screen-top keyboard that clips onto your iPad or iPad 2 and it is said to provide a touch typing experience. It has been invented by two guys with a great pedigree in product development, Steve Isaac & Brad Melmon. Steve has worked for Sun Microsystems, GO and Microsoft whilst Brad worked for HP, IDEO, Moto Development, and Speck. All of this experience had been brought together to bring the TouchFire screen-top keyboard to reality.

TouchFire puts the "touch" back into typing on an iPad. You can now feel where the keys are and rest your fingers on the home row, so you can type as fast and accurately as you can on a laptop. You can even type without looking at the screen. TouchFire cushions your fingers as you type, something both touch-typists and two-finger typists really appreciate. Typing on an iPad is no longer a pain!

The TouchFire screen-top keyboard went looking for Kickstarter funding of just $10,000; to get the project off the ground. Now with 40 days still left to run, it has achieved over $38,000 in pledges. Pretty impressive figures and it proves that there is definitely a lot of interest in such an accessory.

Take a look at the video below, let us know if you feel there is a need for such a keyboard. Do you think that the current iPad on-screen keyboard is good enough?

Source: Kickstarter


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TouchFire screen-top keyboard for iPad gets Kickstarter funding and garners huge interest [video]


If you cannot rest your fingers on the keyboard, it is not touch typing and not any different than how the ipad works now (except being more of a hassle with moving the thing on and off the screen). I give this a floating thumbs down.

Did you read the article?
"You can now feel where the keys are and rest your fingers on the home row,"
says it right there...

Did you watch the video? They never actually show anyone resting their fingers on the home row. They do mention it, but it is weird that they don’t show it once.

The iPad has a capacitive screen. As long as the keys have enough resiliency to keep your fingers off the screen while resting, you shouldn't get any unintended keystrokes. Only when you press a key will you move close enough to have the capacitance change register as a keystroke. It should work.
Now...if they could find a way to add my missing cursor keys, then I'd really be happy with this.

Don't bother wasting your money. There already is a similar overlay for the iphone. I bought it, and it doesn't work, it's sucky and less accurate than just typing directly on the screen.

So using another similar product in the market means all others function the same way? By using one brand of headphones, you are now the judge of all brands?
Didn't think so.

I don't see what all the hate is about.. this looks like it'll be a great competitor in a market that's begging for more innovation. I took a look a the iKeyboard and can see they both attempt to solve the same problem but the TouchFire by far has my vote. I can store it pretty easily and it's not as bulky as a regular bluetooth keyboard - which is important considering I'm on and off planes all day! Looking forward to picking up my own Touchfire